The Broad Stage will feature global superstar and Metropolitan Opera favorite Diana Damrau, returning alongside acclaimed bass Nicolas Testé for a fun and lively program of opera, operetta, lieder and songs on Sunday April 24 at 7:30 p.m. They are accompanied by Maciej Pikulski, piano. Tickets are available at thebroadstage.org.
Damrau has been performing on the world’s greatest opera and concert stages for two decades. Her extensive repertoire spans both lyric and coloratura soprano roles, including title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor (La Scala, Bavarian State Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House), Manon (Vienna State Opera, Metropolitan Opera ) and La Traviata (La Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Opéra national de Paris and Bavarian State Opera) as well as Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute (Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera House, Bavarian State Opera).
The Metropolitan Opera has been a house where the soprano has performed her iconic roles, released in HD to cinemas around the world and made seven acting debuts since her debut as Zerbinetta in 2005. included new productions of Rigoletto (Gilda), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina), Le Comte Ory (Adèle) and The Pearl Fishers (Leïla). Other engagements have included the title roles in La Sonnambula and La Fille du Régiment and Romeo and Juliet.
She was also the first singer in the history of the Metropolitan Opera to sing the roles of Pamina and Queen of the Night in different performances of the same series of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
The soprano has also performed contemporary works for the opera stage in roles written especially for her, including as the title role in Iain Bell’s operatic adaptation of Hogarth’s A Harlot’s Progress (Theater an der Wien 2013 ) and as Drunken Woman/Gym Instructres in Lorin. Maazel Opera 1984 (Royal Opera House 2005).
Nicolas Testé performs regularly in many renowned opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Staatsoper in Munich, the Los Angeles Opera, the San Francisco Opera, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Opéra National de Paris, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Teatro La Fenice as well as at the Glyndebourne Festival and at the Chorégies d’Orange.
His extensive repertoire includes roles in Iphigenia in Aulide (Agamemnon), Romeo and Juliet (Frère Laurent), Manon (Des Grieux), Hamlet (Claudius), Il Trovatore (Ferrando), The Magic Flute (Sarastro), Castor and Pollux ( Jupiter), Faust (Mephisto), The Tales of Hoffmann (The Four Wicked) and The Barber of Seville (Basilio).
Testé studied piano, bassoon and music history in Paris before embarking on a career as a singer. He studied at the Opéra National de Paris and at the Center de Formation Lyrique. In 1998, he won second prize in the “Voix Nouvelles” competition.
About Maciel Pikulski
Soloist, chamber musician and accompanist, Maciej Pikulski has performed in more than 300 concert halls on 5 continents. A pupil of Dominique Merlet and Clive Britton, Pikulski performed as a soloist at the Festival Música em Trancoso Brazil, at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and at the Sala São Paulo, among others, and in piano recitals.
Alongside his work as a soloist, he has developed a busy career as an accompanist for some of the most famous singers in the world: José van Dam, Renée Fleming Thomas Hampson, Natalie Dessay, Dame Felicity Lott, Luca Pisaroni, Maria Bayo , Sumi Jo, Anna-Caterina Antonacci, Laurent Naouri, Joseph Calleja, Patricia Petibon, Angelika Kirchschlager among others notably at Carnegie Hall, La Scala, the Concertgebouw, the Barbican and the Musikverein in Vienna.
Pikulski has recorded 16 CDs and DVDs and given masterclasses all over the world. He is full professor at the Centro Superior de Música, San Sebastian, Spain.
The press acclaimed Pikulski for his “poetic sensibility” (Globe and Mail, Toronto) and his “powerful technique” (New York Times), praising him as a “magnificent musician” (Le Figaro), “great pianist” (Corriere de la Serra ) and “the piano mage” (Ritmo). He graduated in piano, chamber music and vocal accompaniment at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris and was a laureate of the France Telecom Foundation.
Learn more about Diana Damrau and Nicolas Testé
Diana Damrau has established herself as one of today’s most sought-after song performers, performing regularly at most world-renowned venues. She maintains a close artistic collaboration with the pianist Helmut Deutsch and with the harpist Xavier de Maistre.
Exclusive recording for Warner/Erato Diana Damrau made her recording debut with Arie di Bravura – a collection of arias by Mozart and Salieri. The following solo albums received, among others, the ECHO and the OPUS Klassik prize. Damrau is also featured on various complete opera recordings on CD and DVD.
In February 2018, Diana Damrau performed in Europe’s most renowned concert halls performing with tenor Jonas Kaufmann and Italiansches Liederbuch by pianist Helmut Deutsch Hugo Wolf. The corresponding live album was released by Warner/Erato.
Additionally, Diana Damrau made her debut in 2018 in the title role of Maria Stuarda at the Zurich Opernhaus and she performed the title role in a new production of La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera, sang the role of Ophélie at the Gran Teatre del Liceu and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Hamlet. In the 2019/20 season, Diana Damrau gave the New Year’s concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Kirill Petrenko.
A close collaboration binds Diana Damrau with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Besides their “Artist in Residence” at the Barbican Center in London in 2019, they have made appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York, among others. In January 2020 the recording of Strauss’ Last Four Songs under Mariss Jansons was released.
In the 2021/22 season she will make her debut in the title role of Anna Bolena at the Zurich Opera and the Vienna State Opera as well as her debut in Capriccio at the Vienna State Opera. State of Bavaria. During her concert tours, she will perform selected Strauss songs with Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under the direction of Jérémie Rhorer and will present a program of Brahms and Schumann love songs with Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch in major European cities.
Diana Damrau is Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera (2007), holder of the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art (2010) and the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2021).
In previous seasons, Nicolas Testé has performed at the Bayerische Staatsoper in La Bohème (Colline) at the Metropolitan Opera in Carmen (Zuniga), at the Paris Opera in Samson et Dalila (Abimelech) as well as at the Opéra from Los Angeles as the Bad Four in The Tales of Hoffmann.
Other performances include Nicolas Testé’s return to the Bayerische Staatsoper in Lucia di Lammermoor’s (Raimondo) production. In addition, he performed at the Zurich Opernhaus in Maria Stuarda (Giorgio Talbot) and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in the same role. Other productions at the Deutsche Oper Berlin include Faust (Mephisto) and La Gioconda (Alvise Badoero). In January 2018, he performed at the Opéra National de Paris in The Barber of Seville (Basilio).
In October 2018, Nicolas Testé returned to the Opéra Bastille to sing in Les Huguenots by Meyerbeer in the role of the servant Marcel, followed by an engagement at the MET in Les Pêcheurs de pearls (Nourabad).
In the spring of 2019, Nicolas Testé had a famous lead role singing Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Opéra Bastille in Paris as well as a lead role as Claudius in concert versions of Hamlet in Barcelona and Deutsche Oper Berlin. In the fall of 2019, Testé returned as Sir Giorgio in Bellini’s I Puritani at the Opéra Bastille.
In the 2021/22 season he will be on stage as Compte des Grieux in Manon at the Opéra de Lyon, as Ramfis in Aida in a production with Anna Netrebko at the Teatro San Carlo Naples, in Norma as Oroveso at the Gran Teatre des Liceu Barcelona and Colline in La Bohème at the MET.
In addition to numerous opera productions, Nicolas Testé performs regularly with internationally renowned symphony orchestras. In November 2017, he embarked on a tour of Asia with renowned soprano Diana Damrau, performing opera gala and recital programs with concerts in Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei and Beijing. As part of the VERDIssimo tour, he gave concerts in the main European concert halls in May and June 2018.
In the coming seasons, Nicolas Testé is touring Europe and Asia again with soprano Diana Damrau presenting their new program “Kings and Queens of Opera” and can be heard with the Orchester National de France in the Requiem by Camille Saint- Saens.
Photo credit: Jiyang Chen